The Tour May Be Ending BUT the Party Is Just Beginning!
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December 30th, 2007 – by: TRE69
Mar and I made our way out of Old Town past the Hogmanay Carnival at Princes Street Gardens and into New Town and our accommodations at Bus Station Backpackers Hostel. We returned to a full-house! Our hostel room was overrun with guys from around the globe.
I distinctly remember how welcoming and jovial Carl and Shane were when Mar and I trudged into the hostel living room. We chatted quite a bit warming up by sipping hot tea. They were so excited for the holiday festivities that they busted out their colorful kilts and faux furry sporrins at which Shane exclaimed "They (the sporrins) look like fuzzy vaginas!". We had a some good laughs!
After a brief repose, we had energy to participate in the Hogmanay festivities. Our band of hostel roomies sans Yuki headed out into the brisk Scottish night in the direction of George Street. On this evening the Monster Ceilidh was to take place. A ceilidh or ceili is a social event usually with songs, story-telling, music, and dancing.
As we strolled down George Street, the crowd was infiltrated by monsters from European mythology/folklore. The hags, bug-like creatures, and fawns would get in the face of the unsuspecting passersby and scare them while overhead a huge dragon and long flying loch mosters would swoop down on the masses. The fawns were the freakiest to me because they wore spring loaded stilts so they would bounce around along the street. I am actually surprised that they didn't fall down because George Street was quite packed with Night Afore revelers.
As we walked further down George Street we eventually got to one of the stages where we caught the tail end of a group of dancers wearing kilts but breakdancing. I thought it was cool! I wish I could have video taped it but I am pretty short and could barely see the stage.
In huge event like this, of course there had to be concession stands and merchandise booths. So while Carl, Shane, and Francisco queued up for some snacks, Mar and I went looking around at all the merchandise booths. We were hoping to find the infamous beanie with St. Andrew's Cross aka the Saltire aka the flag of Scotland with the Hogmanay 2008 emblem...but to no avail. Apparently they were part of the goodie bag given to ticket holders for tomorrow's Concert in the Gardens. BOO!
When we met back up with Carl, Shane, and Francisco. Shane and Carl were stuffing their grills with curried chips and ketchup.
We saw all there was to see so we all decided to head back to the hostel. Along the way back down George Street we miraculously cross paths with none other than Miriam our former hostel roomie at Bayfield Backpackers on the Isle of Skye...can you believe it?!?! Our chance meeting was cut short as she and her friends were off to participate in the Night Afore revelry while we somehow lost Francisco in the maddening crowd. We waited around for him a bit but eventually we left because we figured he knew where our hostel was and he has a key.
Back at the hostel, I had another cup of tea before hitting the sack...well it was more like tossing and turning and hoping I don't wake up my other roommies and praying I don't roll off of the top bunk! I HATE THE TOP BUNK!!!
FOUR DAYS OF HOGMANAY
SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER
Get this year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay off to a sizzling start at the Torchlight Procession.
SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER
NIGHT AFORE MONSTER CEILIDH
Spectacular street theatre, music, and dancin' in the world's biggest ceilidh EVER on George Street.
Main Ceilidh Stage - Ashley MacIssac and Portobello Ceilidh Band leading Strip The Willow
The Leilidh-oke Stage - American Linedancing with the High Country Ramblers and Leilidh-Oke with Karen Dunbar
The All-Dancin' Stage - Dannsa, Moving in Circles, Jive UK Champions, and The Inverness Tattoo Highland Dancers
The Auchenshoogle Mad Village Dance in the Assembly Rooms - Jimi Shandrix Experience and Hugh MacDiarmid's Haircut
Osadia - The Hairdressers
From the Mound to Outside the Assembly Halls - Massed Pipes and Drums and The MOD
The Blas Blast Stage - Highlights from the Blas International Music Festival
Tipi Tales - Scottish storytelling for kids
The Monster Mash - Monsters from all over the place come to the home of Hogmanay at the invitation of Nessie.
MONDAY 31 DECEMBER
Classical music and choral singing in the serene setting of St. Giles' Cathedral featuring Cantatas I and III from Bach's Christmas Oratorio sung by the cathedral choir and Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate sung by Kate Valentine
Teannaich and The Belle Star Band
THE HOOG ROYALE
Blaze In The Bothy and John Cowan's Lairds of Dixieland
EDINBURGH'S HOGMANAY STREET PARTY
Three stages, two giant screens and one great big party.
The Waverley Stage - King Creosote, Trans-Global Underground, and Figure 5
The Scott Monument Stage - Kissmet, Go Lem System, and Red Hot Chilli Pipers
The Mound Stage - TM Hands, Peter Hook DJ Set, and The Great Calverto
CEILIDH IN THE GARDENS
A funky outdoor ceilidh in East Princes Street Gardens - as Scottish as it gets.
Mound Square Stage - Mark Saul, Bella MacNab's Ceilidh Band, Salsa Celtica
Ceilidh Dance Floor - The Occasionals and Sandy Brechin Band
CONCERT IN THE GARDENS
Music and fireworks spectacular at the West Princes Street Gardens.
Kasabian, Calvin Harris, and Idlewild
TUESDAY 1 JANUARY
THE ONE O'CLOCK RUN
Edinburgh's One O'clock Gun is the starting signal for a gentle mile run on New Year's Day. Beginning at the Castle, runners head down the Royal Mile, past Holyrood Palace and on to the finish in Holyrood Park.
EDINBURGH BICYCLE TRIATHLON
A demanding swim-cycle-run event set in Holyrood Park.
IRON KIDS DUATHLON
A run-bike-run event set in Holyrood Park, for seriously energetic kids aged 8-15 yrs. Run 600 meters, cycle 2 miles, and run another 600 meters.
Teams of Alaskan Malamutte, Samoyed, and Siberian Huskies pull three-wheeled rigs around Holyrood Park.
THE LOONY DOOK
Celebrate the New Year by taking part in the 22nd Loony Dook, the annual splash in the River Forth in the shadow of the Forth Rail Bridge.
OTHER EVENTS AROUND TOWN
Hogmanay Carnival and Hogmanay Jazz Festival
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